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|Community forum weighs in on Charlotte after Keith Scott shooting|
|Activists, stakeholders recall aftermath of unrest|
|Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:14 am|
A year after Keith Scott’s shooting death by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police sparked sometimes-violent protests, has the community really changed?
On Wednesday night, a forum was held to answer the public questions regarding the Sept. 20, 2016 confrontation. Scott, an African American, was fatally shot by Officer Brentley Vinson, who is also black. After the shooting, two nights of protests shook Charlotte as one person was killed and multiple businesses were damaged.
The forum was sponsored by Consolidated Media Alliance, which includes The Charlotte Post, QCity Metro and Press Release NOW, was held at the Mint Museum Uptown. PNC Bank was the title sponsor; the North Carolina Humanities Council was the contributing sponsor.
Panelists were CMPD Assistant Chief Vicki Foster, James Ford of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, Building Outstanding Lives Together founder Gemini Ford, Charlotte Uprising’s Ash Williams, Community Relations Committee Executive Director Willie Ratchford, and UNC Charlotte professor Susan McCarter. The forum also helped citizens express their concerns regarding the incident and find out whether the community changed due to the incident. Ratchford said the shooting was a wake-up call for the community and the nation.
“I think the shooting of this man became a flashpoint for something that has building around this community and similar communities across the county for centuries,” he said, adding these type of incidents have been building for years to come and that Scott’s death was just the climax.
The debate shifted towards the riots when Williams shared her thoughts about the protest.
“What I saw when I reflected on the videos is people power,” she said. “I see people being galvanize around their own lives and around the experience of the white people. I saw people who wanted to do something about the idea that they didn’t see any viable option and so they decided to create some.”
As the forum came to a close, the audience had a chance to share their thoughts about the change they’d like to see. One questioned how racist and violent people are police officers when they are supposed to uphold the law. Foster explained CMPD is improving hiring standards to use the best judgement to prevent another tragedy like the Scott shooting.
|Whoa blacks! What are you doing here? The shooting was justified as shown by dash cam and body cams! No, he was NOT reading a book, and if he were so brain "injured", what the hey was he doing driving and smoking pot? Also, the officer that killed him is black! So HOW does or did this get to be a black/white thing? My white friends from other parts of the country said last year that the protests made CLT look like a joke. Whites are really tired, and it is just beginning to show, that blacks who get 95% of the government freebies, have nothing to do but protest. Most don't even know why? And good ole Jackson, Sharpton, etc., love it as it is how they make money. So a black officer kills a black citizen who has a gun and will not drop it, blacks sit on an overpass, and now the community is suppose to change? It has. It has made whites less tolerant.|
|Posted on September 14, 2017|
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